Technology in the Shanahan Center

Classroom in Shanahan CenterShort version:

If you are planning on only using the video projectors or LCD screens in the new Shanahan Center this Fall, then read no further. If you are planning on using any other technology (and especially if you did NOT respond to the faculty technology survey that was distributed earlier this summer) you should read on.

Long version:

In addition to the video projectors, LCD TVs (in the 12-person classrooms), speakers and screens, we will be providing additional technology in the Shanahan Center on request. This includes:

  1. Laptops
  2. Document cameras
  3. Blu-Ray/DVD players
  4. DVD/VHS players
  5. Lecture capture
  6. Smartboard
  7. Videocameras for projecting experiments
  8. iClickers

We have installed document cameras, Blu-Ray/DVD and DVD/VHS players in the classrooms where faculty requested their use in every session of their class or at least once a week. We also plan on delivering the laptop carts to several courses that requested their use in every class session.

In addition, we have scheduled a number of classes for lecture capture recording of every class session. Recently we purchased a commercial system called Mediasite that will automatically capture audio and video of the speaker as well as video of anything projected through the video projector, such as Powerpoint slides. There are six rooms in the Shanahan Center that are lecture capture-ready, including the Lecture Hall (1430), the Recital Hall (B480), the 85 person classroom (B460) and three rooms on the 2nd floor (2450, 2454 and 2460). All of those rooms have a video camera and microphone. You can read more about lecture capture here.

We will have one Smartboard (interactive whiteboard) for faculty to try out. Unfortunately, it has not yet been delivered, so we have not had a chance to test it out and provide training. So we’ll have to keep you posted on that front.

Many faculty also like to be able to project a demonstration or experiment from the front of the room to one of the big screens. The document camera is capable of doing this or you can use a video camera, either one of the built-in video cameras available in the 6 rooms listed above, or CIS can set up one for you.

Clickers (personal response systems) are also available for loan. At this point all freshmen, sophomores and juniors have purchased iClickers so if you do not have any seniors in your class all you need is to borrow a wireless receiver and install the iClicker software in order to use the iClickers in your class. We also have sets of iClickers that you can borrow if you have seniors in your class.

If you’re interested in using one of these technology services in a class, please submit a request to the CIS Help Desk. You can use our AV request form at http://www.formstack.com/forms/hmc-avrequest or send us an email at help-desk@hmc.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Gerald Reyes to CIS

GeraldThis month we welcomed Gerald Reyes to CIS. Gerald joined the Data and Software Engineering Services group as our Web Programmer Analyst, after five years experience in the IT department at Scripps College. Gerald’s principal responsibility is the care and feeding of the JICS Portal and his experience and expertise will be put to good use as we work to improve and enhance that system.

When not busy at work, Gerald likes spending time with his family, working on his 1978 Impala, and traveling – Honduras being a favorite destination. Gerald has twin 8-year old daughters and a 7-year old son who all share the same birthday – but they each get their own cake.

Fall Semester 2013 Reminders

Here are a few reminders about IT services for the Fall Semester.reminder-smiley-face

CIS Help Desk
The Help Desk is located in the Learning Studio on the ground floor of Sprague. The hours are 8am-5pm, including lunch hour. We will also be staffing the IT “pop up store” next to the Living Room (part of the cafe) in the Shanahan Center from 11-2 daily.  We have not yet decided how we will manage that space, but instead we are waiting to see what traffic patterns and need will be.  Please send a support request via our request form or send us email at helpdesk@hmc.edu or call us at (909) 607 7777.

Course Mailing Lists
Course mailing lists have been set up. If you have any questions or need help with mailing lists, please contact the Help Desk.

Course Mudd Shots
Course Mudd Shots have been updated for the semester. They are available at http://www.internal.hmc.edu/dir/courses/. The pages are restricted to the HMC network only, so if you are off-campus or on wireless, please connect to the VPN first.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)
Remember the VPN! It is software that allows you to connect to the HMC network as if you were located on campus. Visit http://vpn.claremont.edu and select the group HMC-LDAP.  Log in with the same HMC Credentials you use for Sakai or Odyssey.

Sakai Updates
Fall 2013 courses have been created and populated with students and faculty. The courses are synchronized with the Jenzabar CX student information system three times per day.

Google Apps for Education
Everyone at HMC is entitled to a Google Apps for Education account in our g.hmc.edu domain. Many people have started using the system for email, to share documents or work on them collaboratively.  As a reminder, here are the URLs that will take you directly to the HMC single sign in page and then on to the g.hmc.edu domain (without an intermediate Google login page):
http://docs.g.hmc.edu will take you to your google drive document store.
http://mail.g.hmc.edu will take you to email.
http://calendar.g.hmc.edu will take you to the calendar.
http://sites.g.hmc.edu will take you to google sites.

Learning Studio Classroom 
With the opening of the Shanahan Center, the Fletcher Jones Classroom in the Learning Studio will no longer be used for regularly scheduled classes.  This means that it will be more readily available for one-off workshops, special study sessions, meetings etc. You can view and request reservations for the Fletcher Jones Classroom in the Learning Studio in VEMS  http://emsweb.claremont.edu/HMC/. You can also contact F&M for reservations.

Have a truly great Fall 2013 semester!

Make Your Job Easier Using Cognos Reporting

cognos logo

Hello everyone! I am Veronica Hart, your friendly local database reporting and workflow developer here in Computing and Information Services. I wanted to spread the word about an exciting tool we have available that might help make your job easier!

Most staff at the college rely on specific information to execute their work, and Cognos can deliver the relevant data needed, formatted and sorted in whatever way is most useful to you. Scheduled reports can arrive through email without you ever having to log on to the software. A common example of this is a report listing the current students at HMC with their emails, which is delivered to a variety of people at regular intervals.

So what is Cognos? IBM Cognos 10 Business Intelligence is a web-based toolset primarily used for reporting data from our student information system (CX), but can also be integrated with other databases and spreadsheets. Several components are available to meet the different information needs of HMC, ranging from running pre-made reports with a single click to authoring complex and dynamic reports.

Whether or not your department is already using Cognos, if you are interested in learning more about how Cognos might better meet the information and reporting needs of your office, please don’t hesitate in contacting CIS so that we can discuss possible solutions. Having training and access to reporting software can minimize the time you spend waiting for information from others, as well as grant the ability to manipulate and massage the information into a format that efficiently and consistently delivers pertinent data on demand. Whether you need a report sent to you once a year, you want to learn to write your own reports whenever you need them, or anywhere in between, we have resources available to help.

For more information or any questions you might have contact me at veronica@hmc.edu x74369, or to get started using Cognos right away, send an email to helpdesk@hmc.edu.

Hope you have a great upcoming semester,
Veronica Hart

Retired tools in Sakai 2.8

Sakai logoShort version:

When we upgrade Sakai to version 2.8 in August, some tools will no longer be available. Most of the retired tools have not been used by most faculty and staff. However, one tool, Blogger, has been used in some Sakai sites. It is being replaced by a new tool called Blogs. Content in the old tool will NOT be available once we upgrade. So if you have content in an old Sakai site that you still want you will need to export that content BEFORE the upgrade. The tentative date for the upgrade to Sakai 2.8 is Tuesday, August 13, 2013. You can contact help-desk@hmc.edu for help in doing this, or use our easy documentation to do it yourself. The documentation is located at: http://goo.gl/bFMLqM.

Long version:

During preparations for upgrading Sakai to version 2.8 the Sakai Administration Team examined the full list of tools available in Sakai 2.7. After considering factors such as history of use, bug reports, and the list of tools currently supported by the Sakai community, we decided to remove some tools from the list of tools that will be available in Sakai 2.8. The full list of tools that will no longer be available in Sakai 2.8:

– Blogger: Replaced by Blogs tool
– Linktool: Not currently used
– Reports: Not currently used
– Timeline: Has not been updated by developer
– Evaluation System: Not frequently used and has bugs
– Modules: Replaced by Lessons tool

The Blogger tool has been discontinued by the Sakai community and is being replaced by another tool called Blogs. It is the only tool in the list that has been used with any frequency. After we upgrade to Sakai 2.8 the Blogger tool will no longer appear in the list of tools that can be added to a new or existing Sakai site. It will be replaced by Blogs in the Site Info/Edit tools list. If the tool already existed in a Sakai site, it will still appear in the list of tools on the left hand side of the site, but will not work. So if you want to save the content from an old instance of Blogger you will need to export the content BEFORE we upgrade to Sakai 2.8. The tentative date for the upgrade to Sakai 2.8 is Tuesday, August 13, 2013. You can contact help-desk@hmc.edu for help in doing this, or use our easy documentation to do it yourself. The documentation is located at: http://goo.gl/bFMLqM.